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ARTventurers on You Tube!

Creeping ever so slowly into the brave new world and this week ARTventurers has joined YouTube!

Check out our very first little video here – find out a bit about what we get up to and how to join in the fun!

St Patrick’s Day fun!

This week we’ve been having tons of fun with the colour green in our own nod to St Patrick!

We’ve been printing with bubble wrap, practicing cutting with scissors and using our strong muscles to rip up tissue paper and create these fab lucky four leafed clovers…..

st patricks day toddler craft

st patricks day art activity

green themed toddler activity

We’ve been printing with cookie cutters in different shades of green…..

cookie cutter printing

toddler printing activity

And exploring some very bright green spaghetti!

sensory play with spaghetti

We also had fun experimenting painting with watercolours (very swishy!), colour mixing, and getting very painty in the process!

toddler watercolour painting

toddler painting activity


toddler messy play class

Happy St Patrick’s Day all!

Newcastle and Gateshead here we come!

We are super excited this week to be welcoming Emily to our little team with the launch of ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead. Emily is mum to Holly 3 and baby Faith aged just 4 months, and has been bringing Holly along to our Sunderland classes for more than a year now – we actually did an art party for Holly’s 2nd birthday and for her 3rd birthday too!

toddler art class newcastle

Emil and Holly enjoyed the format and activities at ARTventurers so much that Emily decided to take on a licence to launch her own classes – starting in May in Jesmond, Newcastle with more venues and classes planned in the coming months. Welcome to the team Emily – we know you’re going to be fab!

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You can find out more about Emily’s classes over on her webpage or visit her facebook page


The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

World Book Day this weecaterpillar[1]k and our Little ARTventurers have been having lots of colourful, creative fun inspired by the fabulous Eric Carle book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”!


C is for caterpillar…..


The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme crafts

Butterfly puppets……

Butterfly puppets

Sparkly yellow suns……

Paper plate sun craft

Fruit printing………(can you spot all the fruit he munched his way through?!)

Fruit printing

Playdough modelling……..

playdough caterpillar

caterpillar playdough

Fingerpainted caterpillars…… fingerpainted caterpillar

Spotty dotty cupcakes and fruit…….

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Painted butterflies…….

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And story time, using our creations to tell the story!

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Durham classes launching soon!

We’re really thrilled that our little team is expanding across the country and our baby and toddler art classes in Durham are launching at Newton Hall Community centre in Durham at the beginning of May!

You can find out more about Caroline’s Durham classes over at – and to find a class nearest to you pop over to

We have some more exciting locations launching very soon – excited!!!

Baby sensory play

toddler art class durham

Painting for Pusdey

One Direction party…with dinosaurs!

This weekend we were invited along to help Evie celebrate her 7th birthday with her pals. Evie is “the world’s biggest One Direction fan” she told me – and she is mad on dinosaurs too! So that set the theme for her special art party….

After the children had decorated their own take home party bags we started with some fabric painting – the children used fabric paints, pens and crayons, ribbons and embellishments to create fabulous designs on bags and T shirts. For the girls, One Direction was the winning theme. The boys opted for Batman, skylanders and lego!

fabric painting party

One direction themed party

One Direction party

One Direction craft activity

Once they’d finished their creations we all helped decorate a special birthday banner for Evie before finishing off the activity session creating some dinosaur fridge magnets – some crazy and quite scary dinosaurs!

And after all of that creative fun…….time for a delicious party tea! Happy birthday Evie and thanks for inviting us to share your special day!

Oranges and Lemons….

This week at Little ARTventurers we’re having tons of Nursery Rhyme themed fun – incy wincy spiders, humpty dumptys, pat-a-cake in sand and printing with oranges and lemons (say the bells of St Clements!)

Fruit printing is really simple for all ages, sensory (touch, feel and smell!) and can produce some fab colourful artwork!

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Making smooth and squishy sensory bags!

Last week we had tons of fun exploring “Rough and Smooth”…painting on rough sandpaper and smooth shiny tinfoil, bumpy porridge paint, textured butterflies and creating our own squishy sensory bags!

The bags were a HUGE hits – lots of “Again again!”s echoing around the room.

We got large ziplock bags and had lots of fun squirting different coloured paints into them as well as adding some foam, bits of tissue paper, sprinkles of glitter…..

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What’s in your bag? Paint and lots of glitter!

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Then (and this is the important bit!) – we sealed the bags shut! Then placed them flat on the table and used our hands to squish, squidge, move and smooth the paint and foam around to make some fantastic patterns and different colours. A great exercise in colour mixing and for the older ones we also had a go at tracing letters and shapes with our fingers which was good fun.

sensory bag activity

It feels smooth!

sensory bag activity, toddler art class

Moving the paint around and creating some fab colours and patterns!


A lovely tactile, sensory activity – and low mess too!

toddler art class

Look what I made!

Entertainer of the Year…..?

Super excited that Fiona, founder of ARTventurers has been nominated as Entertainer of the Year in the Sunderland Echo Excellence awards 2014!  Being invited along to share special birthday parties is one of the loveliest parts of what we do and it’s lovely that nominations for this award have all been from people who have been to one of Fiona’s art parties!

You can find out more about our colourful art parties for babies, toddlers and children over on our party page!

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In the Sunderland Echo! 15.1.14

Shaving foam sensory play!

This week at Baby ARTventurers we’re getting out the shaving foam for some fluffy sensory play!

Shaving foam messy play for babies

She was certainly having a whale of a time in the foam!

Playing with shaving foam is a great sensory and learning experience for babies and tots – however make sure the little ones are closely supervised as obviously it shouldn’t be eaten and some children may have skin that is a bit too sensitive for it (we do always use the foam suitable for sensitive skin)

Making tracks with diggers!

Making tracks with diggers!

Scooping, squishing, smearing, making tracks with trucks and diggers, drawing shapes and making ice creams and milkshakes, building foamy towers and then knocking them down…..foam play is always huge hit! You can add a little drop of food colouring to jazz it up too. Last term I did foam play on a table for my older toddlers and covered the table with a layer of bubble wrap first which was a great extra sensory experience!

What does it feel like on my toes....?

What does it feel like on my toes….?

Shaving foam sensory play

Shaving foam on bubble wrap!

For older toddlers shaving foam is a great tool for early mark making and trying out letters and shapes – children who haven’t yet mastered the pencil grip can really enjoy drawing and shape making with instant results and without frustration.

Toddler messy play shaving foam

What’s hiding in the foam…?

Plus it leaves our play tray really lovely and clean!